A Tokyo resident (58) who said he had lost hearing during school days sued against the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Labor, claiming that it would be illegal that it has not granted him with the special injury and disease benefit.
On April 17 at the Tokyo Local Court, the presiding judge accepted the claim, explaining, "The person in question of having found deafness since the school days was able to be trusted to insist though the clinical record did not remain". He canceled the decision of the ministry not to grant the deaf man with the benefit.
The special injury and disease benefit system started in April, 2005 to provide about 50,000 yen in the highest monthly sum for the person who became disabled later during college days and has failed to receive disability basic pension because the national pension system was arbitrary then.
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